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Transocean Air Lines has been featured in books and movies from 1948 to 2006
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Flying Fats Domino
Two of Transocean's Convair 240s were leased to fly the eighty performers of "The Show of Stars of 1952" to some fourteen one-night stands in the U.S. and Canada. Captains Ed Landwehr and Joe Goeller were with the group for three weeks, with Landwehr flying most of the troupe, and Goeller the musical instruments and some of the passengers. But the first flight left Memphis en route to Kansas City, Kansas, without Fats Domino (early rock n roll performer, who didn't like to fly and drove his white Cadillac to Kansas City). Once there, however, he was convinced by the other performers that flying with Transocean was "the greatest," and got aboard Landwehr's plane for the .next leg of the journey. Fats became a believer. He was so thrilled with flying that he decided to buy a Convair for himself and his group. He asked Landwehr if he'd be his private pilot, but Landwehr declined, preferring to remain with the airline.
For a while, Transocean became a flying billboard for the Domino group. The titles of some Fats' most popular songs were painted on the nose of Captain Landwehr's plane, "I'm Walkin'," "Honky Tonk," "Yes, Indeed!," "Blueberry Hill," and other song titles greeted the thousands of teenagers who met the aircraft at every stop on the journey.
Charter flight to Truth or Consequences, Eve Clark, Rip Masters, Martha Jane Ekstrand. May 1957
Oakland Aviation Museum
Located on one of the world's most historic airfields. Former home of Boeing Air Transport, Pacific Air Transport, , Boeing School of Aeronautics, Transocean, World, and Transamerica Airlines, Oakland Naval Reserve Air Station, US Marine Corps and Army Air Corps Reserve Units. Departure and arrival point for many historic flights including Hegenberger and Maitland, Smith and Bronte, the Dole Races, Kingsford Smith and crew and Amelia Earhart. Currently a very active airfield with private, business, and commercial propeller and jet aircraft including helicopters and blimps.